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Comelec urged to adopt cyber security amid hacking fears




Comelec urged to adopt cyber security amid hacking fears
Comelec urged to adopt cyber security amid hacking fears



http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/217277/comelec-urged-adopt-cyber-security-amid-hacking-fears 

By JEAMMA E. SABATE
mb.com.ph
August 23, 2009

A computer expert said Sunday that there is need for the Commission on 
Election (Comelec) to adopt cyber security amid fears of internet 
hacking as the Philippine is set to go for poll automation this 2010.

Speaking at the Balitaan sa Tinapayan news forum held in Sampaloc, 
Manila, computer expert Dante Mara raised the concern of hacking because 
the system to be used by consortium of Smartmatic-Total Information 
Management Corp. (TIM) may be susceptible to hacking of internal data 
system.

The Smartmatic will supply the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) 
machines that the Comelec will use in automating the 2010 national 
elections.

Mara stressed that the Comelec should opt for a closed loop network that 
would not be open to outside influences.

"There is no assurance from Comelec and Smartmatic that there will be no 
problem on mode of connectivity and the outside influences as they will 
be using worldwide net," he said.

"The Smartmatic will be using overlaying network using satellite so the 
data will be transmitted to the main from regional and provincial. The 
system is good but many factors can affect the transmittal like the 
clouds, the rains and most importantly the power supply. What if they 
encounter powers supply interruption?," he asked,

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